Here is a look at how teams around baseball stack up heading towards July.
#1. St. Louis Cardinals (45-26) – The Cardinals are among the best current franchises in sports. Consistently competitive along with multiple championships. They are at it again in 2013 holding the best record in baseball to this point.
#2. Boston Red Sox (44-29) – It appears the culture and negativity has been bounced from Boston. They’ve had a great run to this point but there are a lot of games left against a lot of talented divisional opponents.
#3. Oakland Athletics (43-30) – Who are these guys? The A’s still don’t have many recognizable faces to the average baseball fan yet they continue to win baseball games. Strong pitching along with clutch hitting usually = victories.
#4. Cincinnati Reds (43-29) – Consistent starting pitching. Dominating closer and a strong offense has the Reds looking to reach the postseason for the 2nd consecutive season.
#5. Atlanta Braves (42-30) – The Braves are loaded with talent both offensively and pitching wise. We’ve seen how good they can be when they play there best. (11-1 start). Justin Upton needs to again find his stroke. Continue reading
The San Francisco Giants are the 2012 National League Champions. The Giants stomped the St. Louis Cardinals 9-0 in game seven as they clinched their 21st pennant in franchise history with a 4-3 series victory. San Francisco will host the Detroit Tigers in game one of the World Series on Wednesday, October 24th. Marco Scutaro was named NLCS MVP as he hit .500 (14 for 28) in the series.
2012 National League Champions
The Detroit Tigers are the 2012 American League Champions. The Tigers blasted CC Sabathia and the New York Yankees 8-1 in-game four as they clinched their first pennant since 2006 with a 4-0 series sweep. The Tigers will travel to either St. Louis or San Francisco for game one of the World Series this Wednesday. Delmon Young was named ALCS MVP as he became the first player in major league history to be credited with the game-winning RBI in four straight postseason games. This is the Tigers 11th American League Pennant in franchise history.
2012 American League Champions
Future Hall of Fame shortstop Derek Jeter has been diagnosed with a fractured left ankle and will miss the remainder of the postseason. The affliction occurred during the top of the 12th inning of game 1 of the ALCS. The injury is a massive blow to the Yankees lineup and on-field leadership in their quest for title #28, Jeter was hitting .333 during the course of the postseason netting 9 base hits in 27 at-bats. 3 months is the expected time-table for the injury which should put Jeter in line for a full recovery by spring training 2013.
Derek Jeter – Career Statistics
In other poor news for the Bronx Bombers, a furious 9th inning rally ultimately fell short as the Tigers edged out the Yankees in 12 innings by a 6-4 score. The Tigers now lead the best-of-seven series, 1-0 and have regained home field advantage. Can the Yankees survive the loss of Jeter and claim the American League Pennant?
Andrew Baggarly of CSNBayArea.com broke news today that Giants outfielder Melky Cabrera has been ruled ineligible to win the 2012 batting crown. According to Baggarly’s story, Cabrera asked to be removed from consideration and MLB Officials complied.
See full story below:
EXCLUSIVE: Melky Cabrera ruled ineligible to win batting crown.
Does this move change your opinion of Melky Cabrera? Do you agree with him being disqualified from winning the 2012 batting title?
MLB announced the rosters for 2012 All-Star game in Kansas City, MO.
Check out the full list of starters, reserves, pitchers and final vote candidates below.
Hamilton led all players in votes in 2012.
The rosters include an array of veterans and young stars as 22 players are making their first appearance in the mid-summer classic.
Jeter makes his 13th appearance.
Mike Trout makes his first appearance.
Look for more coverage of the 2012 All-Star game in the coming weeks.
Memorial Day is a day of remembrance for the brave men and women who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces.
It also marks the unofficial start of the summer season. Temperatures begin to soar and days are extended. As kids finish school, families begin to vacation and summer concerts & county fairs prepare for another season of entertainment.